Kylian Mbappé proudly held the unusual gold trophy with the number "201" on the top in his hands, for the group picture injured team-mate Neymar also hobbled onto the lawn on crutches. “I play to make history. And I've always said that I want to do it here, in France, in the capital," said the attacking star after surpassing Edinson Cavani with the 201st competitive goal for Paris Saint-Germain and is now the sole club record scorer.
"It's a personal success, but I also came here for the team success," said the World Cup top scorer and was already looking forward to the second leg of the Champions League next Wednesday at FC Bayern Munich. PSG's biggest hope is Mbappé - after coming on as a substitute in the 1-0 first leg defeat, he had been a constant threat to Bayern's defence.
"We're going to Munich to qualify for the next round," announced Mbappé. "We are determined, we have regained our self-confidence." Despite huge financial injections from investor Qatar Sports Investments, Paris Saint-Germain is still waiting for its first title in the prestigious Champions League.
However, the dress rehearsal was hardly suitable as an encouragement. The Ligue 1 leaders beat FC Nantes 4-2 at home on Saturday, but again revealed defensive weaknesses. Only after Mbappé's record goal in stoppage time were doubts about the victory removed. The 24-year-old previously shared the record with Edinson Cavani.
PSG had a 2-0 lead early on thanks to Argentinian world champion Lionel Messi (12th minute) and an own goal by Jaouen Hadjam (17th), but then the French series champions slipped. Ludovic Blas (31st) and Ignatius Ganago (38th) used the carelessness of the PSG defense to make it 2-2. Danilo Pereira (60th) and Mbappé saved the championship leader's victory with their goals.